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Why Did Stalin Take Power And Not Trotsky? The Power Struggle Between The Bolshevik After Lenin's Death.

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Why did Stalin take power and not Trotsky?In 1921 Lenin died and a power struggle emerged upon the top members of the Bolshevik party to take over as leader of the Bolshevik party no knowing that in doing so will eventually get themselves exiled out of Russia or Killed by a man largely underestimated and never thought to go to the extremes he did.Lenin had been ill for some time and it was obvious he was not going to live for much longer after having a series of strokes. But there were going to be a few problems as Lenin was not Royalty his son could not take over and as Russia was not democratic there could be no election to see who would be the one to take over in Lenin's position easily. So a power struggle emerged in the party with all the main powers in the party in the running including Leon Trotsky and Stalin.Stalin had had a very harsh upbringing in Gorgia where his often drunken father would beat him and his mother. Stalin was also very lucky when he was a young boy as he survived through the then deadly small pox which gave him scars all over his body and also food poisoning which left him with a partly withered arm.At school he was a prize student and picked up Russian very quickly. It was also noted when he was younger that he was totally devoted to one person, his mother. He then moved to a school for young priests but was influenced there by the books of Karl Marx and other such revolutionaries. He was later expelled from the school for abusive behavior to one of the teachers.He then decided to voice his views and became a revolutionary in which he took part in bank robberies and other stunts to fund the Bolshevik party. He was than noted in the files of the secret police force as a professional revolutionary for his actions. Stalin was arrested by police an amazing 9 times and being sent to Siberia 8 times each time escaping and going back to St. Petersburg.It was not till later on when he became a influential member in the party. He was first editor of the party's newspaper called Pravda in-between his spells in Siberia. Unfortunately at the time of the Bolshevik party in October 1917 he was currently in Siberia again after it was revealed that the Bolsheviks were being funded by the Germans . After the revolution he took the job of general secretary of the politburo . Stalin was called the dull blur by his party as he took the jobs that were boring and that people like Trotsky would never take as he would consider himself to good for these types of jobs.But Stalin had 1 advantage over all the members of the party and that was as general secretary he had access to all the party members personal files. This enabled him to see all secrets that the members of the party hoped would stay secret. Stalin then used blackmail on other members to either help him or "disappear" or have all of your secrets told to all the members of the party. This helped him take control as he became more and more powerful inside the Bolshevik party.When...

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